Sunday, 3 October 2010

The Poetry Bus Poem

The long lived Poetry Bus is driverless this weekend, but that doens't stop this legendary vehicle from taking to the virtual highroad.

Nanu is hosting here. The suggested, last minute themes were nothing, happiness and The Poetry Bus.

The conductor (remember when buses had conductors?)  is TFE.

This Poem has Actions

The wheels on the bus go round and round -
its weekly tour around the web
time zone to time zone, blog to blog,
wordpress or blogger, whatever, it stops.

The people on the bus stand up, sit down-
passengers spread across time zones
some board weekly, some more sporadic,
broadcasting their journeywork to join.

The conductor on the bus says 'Tickets please' -
words and photos, fireworks and boats,
themes and prompts jostle shoulder to shoulder,
clinging to the seatbacks as the bus lurches on.

The driver on the bus says 'Move along' -
with sonnets and ballads cheek to cheek,
villenelles jowl to jowl with rants,
haiku make room for free verse in the backseat.

The wipers on the bus go 'swish, swosh, swish' -
comments flow, phrases admired,
tweaks and suggestions made, personal experiences
inspire shared emotional support.

The horn on the bus says 'beep, beep, beep' -
time to get on board
for another weekend's world tour
of the infamous Poetry Bus.

and the wheels on the bus go round and round
all day long.


Niamh B said...

Bravo!! - Though it'd be good to see the actions maybe...

Totalfeckineejit said...

I do believe the bus has found an anthem! I love this.

Titus said...

Me too! And I want the video with actions please. And a costume.

I thought we were meant to be saving poems about the Bus for another week! God, I love this anarchy!

NanU said...

The wonderful bus-go-round! Great ticket.

The Bug said...

I love this too! I was going to say, "can someone put this to music?" But I guess it already HAS a tune, doesn't it? Can you tell I don't have kids?

Emerging Writer said...

Bug, you are so lucky in this respect. The words, music and actions are burned into my brain.

Thanks everyone. I'm sure if you google it, you can find some adorable children doing the words and actions!

Helen said...

Delightful! I agree, there should be actions to go with this rhyme. Shall we dance?

Enchanted Oak said...

I like your notion that the Bus lurches on, with room for all the poetic styles. It's so true! Like TFE says, you've written a good anthem here for the faithful Bus.

Emerging Writer said...

Thanks everyone.

Yes, there's room for all on board. And everyone can make up their own, culturally acceptable actions